Performance Assessment of Thermal Infrared Cameras of Different Resolutions to Estimate Tree Water Status from Two Cherry Cultivars: An Alternative to Midday Stem Water Potential and Stomatal Conductance
The midday stem water potential (psi s) and stomatal conductance (gs) have been traditionally used to monitor the water status of cherry trees (Prunus aviumL.). Due to the complexity of direct measurement, the use of infrared thermography has been proposed as an alternative. This study compares psi s and gs against crop water stress indexes (CWSI) calculated from thermal infrared (TIR) data from high-resolution (HR) and low-resolution (LR) cameras for two cherry tree cultivars: 'Regina' and 'Sweetheart'. For this purpose, a water stress-recovery cycle experiment was carried out at the post-harvest period in a commercial drip-irrigated cherry tree orchard under three irrigation treatments based on psi s levels. The water status of trees was measured weekly using psi s, gs, and compared to CWSIs, computed from both thermal cameras. Results showed that the accuracy in the estimation of CWSIs was not statistically significant when comparing both cameras for the representation of psi s and gs in both cultivars. The performance of all evaluated physiological indicators presented similar trends for both cultivars, and the averaged differences between CWSI's from both cameras were 11 +/- 0.27%. However, these CWSI's were not able to detect differences among irrigation treatments as compared to psi s and gs.
|Título según WOS:||Performance Assessment of Thermal Infrared Cameras of Different Resolutions to Estimate Tree Water Status from Two Cherry Cultivars: An Alternative to Midday Stem Water Potential and Stomatal Conductance|
|Título de la Revista:||SENSORS|
|Fecha de publicación:||2020|